#2Doods A to Z: SOCIAL MEDIA

Saturday, April 21, 2018


SOCIAL MEDIA

Pets have become very active on social media (okay, maybe they don't do the posting, but they are quite popular). Cooper and Murphy have their own page on Facebook.....


and their own Instagram account.


And they're not the only ones...do a search on Instagram for "doodle" and you'd be amazed at the number of dogs with accounts. We do love our pets!


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#2Doods A to Z: RUNNING

Friday, April 20, 2018

RUNNING

I don't know about everyone else's Goldendoodles, but ours LOVE to run.




Even inside!


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#2Doods A to Z: QUESTIONS

Thursday, April 19, 2018

QUESTIONS

Whenever we tell someone we have Goldendoodles, they have a lot of questions. Here are the most common.

Q: How can he be a Goldendoodle? He's black, not golden!
A: As I discussed in an earlier post, Goldendoodles come in many colors and combinations of colors. While a Golden Retriever is always a golden/cream color, Poodles come in many colors ranging from black to white to brown to apricot and many shades in between. In addition, when mixing breeds, results can be very inconsistent. Case in point, Murphy. With a cream colored Goldendoodle dad and a tri-color Collie mom, how did the whole litter come out black? Throw-backs to the dad's ancestry probably.

Q: Are doodles expensive to own?
A: Yes, they are. If you can do your own grooming, that will help. But you still have to factor in double vet bills and double food bills. That said, some folks find they can't even stop at two!

Q: How can I be sure to get a non-shedding doodle?
A: You can't but you can improve the odds with an F1B puppy, one that is 3/4 Poodle (one parent is a Poodle, one is a Goldendoodle).

Q: I want a small dog. Doodles all seem to be so big. Can I find a small one?
A: The best way is to purchase a pup where the mother is a miniature poodle, typically under twenty pounds. 

Q: What will I know what kind of coat a puppy will have?
A: This can be hard to tell. Goldendoodles can have wavy coats and all variations of curly. The more Poodle in their heritage, the curlier it may be. But there are no guarantees. From shaggy to tight curls, they run the gamut.

Q: What kind of temperament do they have?
A: In general, Goldendoodles have wonderful temperaments. They are great companion dogs and are quite social, they love being around humans. They are also very intelligent and can tend to get into mischief if left alone for long periods. Exercise and training both help.


Cooper (l) and Murphy (r)
Puppy Portraits
F1 Goldendoodle: Golden Retriever crossed with a Poodle (regardless of size)
F1b Goldendoodle: Goldendoodle bred back to a Poodle (regardless of size)
F2 Goldendoodle: F1 Goldendoodle bred to a F1 Goldendoodle
F2b Goldendoodle: F1 Goldendoodle bred to an F1b Goldendoodle
F3 Goldendoodle: F1b Goldendoodle bred to an F1b Goldendoodle
F3 Goldendoodle bred to an F3: Multi-gen Goldendoodle etc.

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#2Doods A to Z: PRETZELS & PAWS

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

PRETZELS & PAWS

I couldn't decide, pretzels or paws, so I'm going with both!

Here is Cooper, our pretzel dog (aka Rorschach Ink Blot)...an early attempt

The older he got, the better his pretzel shape became...



We're thinking this is more of a Poodle trait since he is 3/4 Poodle and Murphy, who never does this, is only 1/4.

Earlier we mentioned Cooper's large paws, even at four months when we brought them home. Here's a sampling of his bear paws! The first photo is at fifteen weeks old.




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#2Doods A to Z: ODOR

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

ODOR

We've all smelled it. Doggy odor. THAT smell. Those of us that live with the dogs, typically develop nose blindness, at least to our dogs and their typical odor. We smell it in other folks homes, just not ours.

But there are those times when even we can smell that unique aroma on our dogs. Sometimes we immediately know what happened...they got sprayed by a skunk or rolled in something foul while outdoors. Other times, we're at a loss.

There can be many causes to an abnormal dog odor: allergies, yeast infections, bad teeth, ear infections to name just a few. Of course, there is that one other distinctive odor when anal glands need expressing. Pew! Most people opt to have their vet or groomer take care of that.

We are fairly fortunate. Murphy may shed but he has no doggy odor, a trait particular to Collies (thank you, Murphy's mom). Cooper on the other hand, reeks at times. Just typical doggy odor but in small spaces it's more apparent. Between groomings we use a doggy deodorizer spray to help out.

Cooper heading out into the rain...



Our pups LOVE the outdoors, no matter the weather. Rain and snow don't slow them down...and that means mud. We have done a couple of baths, but the bigger they get, the tougher it is. Come spring and warm weather, we will set up an area outdoors where we can wash them.

Our most recent purchases include an attachment for the shower head so hopefully it will be easier to wash them inside. We haven't used it yet...keeping my fingers crossed.


The other is a paw washer. Cooper's hair seems to trap the mud more than Murphy's but I'm sure we will use this for both of them.


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#2Doods A to Z: NEUTERING

Monday, April 16, 2018

NEUTERING

We knew we would be getting our Goldendoodles neutered as soon as the vet approved. Because Cooper was considered a large breed dog, she agreed to do it at five months rather than the traditional six. We would have been out of town for a couple of months otherwise. Murphy was done at six months. Both had no issues, little licking and disliked even the blow-up collar. In fact, Cooper hated it so much, he cheerfully tore Murphy's apart for his little brother. LOL!

Cooper at 5 months...recovering.

Murphy at 6 months...recovering.

Please spay and neuter your pets when your vet approves!!!

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